Welcome, Coastal Christmas Blog Hoppers!
Here in the little seaside village of Pajaro Bay, California, we have a lot of fun celebrating the holidays. The season begins in November with the Cowabunga Kids & Canines Surfing Event:
Followed by a hot dog cookout and bonfires into the evening:
A couple of weeks later there’s the village cookie swap:
Then Santa arrives on a fishing boat (wearing his customary Hawaiian shirt with the bizarre cartoon reindeer on it):
A lot of proud families gather to watch their kids perform in the Christmas pageant at the old Mission Church:
followed by the traditional tamale feast:
Some celebrate Christmas Day with midnight mass at the Mission, some attend the morning service at the little white church on the hill, and some greet the sun with meditation on the beach:
There’s something for everyone in Pajaro Bay during the holidays. No matter what their plans, everyone makes time to gather together and walk through the village, looking at the lights on all the little cottages:
And singing their own version of Jingle Bells:
Dashing through the surf
a sailing ‘cross the bay
over the waves we go
laughing all the way.
Bells on kayaks ring
making spirits bright
what fun it is to laugh and sing
a Christmas song tonight.
Oh, Jingle Shells, Jingle Shells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh what fun it is to go
a sailing ‘cross the bay!
Wherever you find yourself during the holidays, my wish for you is love, friendship, and much happiness.
Happy Holidays from Barb
(and all the folks in Pajaro Bay)
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*(“Mini Pajaro Bay Christmas Pack” includes seaside cookie cutters, candles, and a seashell picture frame. Entries will close at Midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on December 10th. Winner will be drawn at random from all comments. Winner must provide me a mailing address within 3 days of my announcing the winning comment in order for me to mail the prize in time for Christmas. One entry per person. No purchase required! End of legal gibberish.)
And don’t miss all the other blogs during the Coastal Romance Christmas Blog Hop: